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Ian Chesterton cameo PLEASE
1 day, 4 hours ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
Wasn't bad. Not going into history books as the best episode ever, but far from the worst. It was fun. And better than Steve Thompson's last episodes.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist
@ShameOnSM @The Lazy Cat is in on the Time Heist Rose was the main character of Series 1 and 2. Eccleston, Tennant, Piper and RTD have all said that.
3 days, 11 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@The Lazy Cat is in on the Time Heist I agree, it is foolish to claim Clara "made the Doctor who he was" - even in An Unearthly Child, the Doctor isn't the same Doctor we have today. He was a Doctor prepared to crush the skull of a wounded caveman with a rock. Ian and Barbara both played a huge role in "humanising" the initially very alien Doctor. Rose Tyler played a huge role in soothing the Doctor's melancholy after the Time War. All through the series, companions have had an influence on who is on our screens today, from Adric to Ace, from Dodo to Kamelion (well, maybe not the last two!)
3 days, 17 hours ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?
@MaraBackman A Sensorite!
1 week ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?
Maybe there was no monster at all. Maybe there were monsters but not the one that the Doctor thought. Maybe there was a frightened Sensorite that was hiding under the blanket? Who knows?
5.2m overnight, 7.28m final. People talk about dropping ratings, but 7.28m is enough to show the show is doing fine. Tennant had episodes that managed only 6m in final ratings. Listen will pick up another 2 million at least, leaving it at around 6.8m
1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@ahunter8056 Everyone hated Donna before she returned as a companion in series 4.
1 week, 5 days ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion
I was really unsure about the idea of this episode at first - Robin Hood isn't real! The Doctor can't meet him! But then I found out that was the entire point of the episode - even the Doctor admits that there's "no such thing as Robin Hood" and now I'm really excited.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips
@ahunter8056 While I agree there are some things about the show that can't change (the shape of the daleks, the tardis being a police box) I love it when the show makes changes. I don't like it when a show gets stuck in a cycle of repeating the same old things because of "tradition". Something like the opening titles changing is one I can only endorse.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence
@Polyphase @twoheartsonemind That's Victory of the Daleks you're describing, not Let's Kill Hitler
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review
Where on earth did Clara not understand the concept of regeneration? She took a while to warm to the new Doctor, who was radically different to his predecessor in looks and personality. She'd met 10, who was also handsome and not *that* different to 11 personality wise, and the War Doctor, who came across as a polite, sensible old man. Plus as past selves it wasn't quite the same. If your friend burst into light and turned into someone radically different, I would be pretty put out.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Deep Breath Review
The best article I think I've ever read on this website.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss
@YaelMoise @The Lazy Cat It comes across like Donna is incredibly popular with Doctor Who fans... but not so much with the British public, as Catherine Tate was a love-her-or-hate-her comedian. A lot of people hated her purely because of the actress that plays her. Rose is quite a divisive character with the fandom but overwhelmingly popular with the british public. It's not necessarily exactly like this, but the general trend.
@007 Bond 50 He's done it before. "I got clever. Manipulated people into taking their own." - Tenth Doctor. Seven was particularly good at this.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man
I'm an optimist, so I'd naturally gravitate towards the Half-Face Man jumping... but honestly, I have no idea. I hope it's left ambiguous. (◕‿◕✿)
It really did a good job, in my opinion, of fleshing out the gang. I've liked them but felt, up until now, they'd never really been given much characterisation. Particularly Vastra and Jenny's relationship - it's been mentioned, but not really shown. But in Deep Breath I genuinely felt like Vastra and Jenny were a couple. Perhaps the Strax comic relief could be turned down a notch, but it's not the problem everyone makes it out to be.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang
@Antee991166 But the classic-era Brigadier, while most associated with the Third Doctor, first appeared in two Second Doctor-era stories, The Web of Fear and The Invasion. The character then returned as a familiar face to bridge the gap for the Third Doctor. The usage of familiar character to bridge the gap is common; the Ninth and Tenth Doctors had familiar characters - Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith, Harriet Jones, Captain Jack... Whilst Ten and Eleven may have been highly divorced, this is because of the change from RTD to Moffat. It's quite unlikely we'll see a completely new slate until Moffat leaves.
I don't usually pay much attention to AA scores - the Curse of the Black Spot got 86 while this only got 82.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings
Why do all American trailers have annoying voice overs? I like my trailers silent, not someone growling and telling me everything.
4 weeks ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek
Try as hard as I can, I can't think of Asylum... as an opener. In fact, the whole of Series 7 part one just feels like part of a different series, like an extension of series 6. The Bells of Saint John feels like a series opener - new companion, new intro, new costume, new TARDIS interior.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Impossible Astronaut / Asylum of the Daleks
I suspect Power of the Daleks would shoot up several places if it were ever found. It's nice to see Castrovalva getting some love (as it appears to be in the top 5). The TV Movie is so underrated it hurts.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (11-6)
@LGwalchmai95 @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Two men travelling in the TARDIS isn't something that's going to happen. It would also get a bad rep in the media. Media struggles in its portrayal of women enough, no female characters would just be a mistake.
1 month ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours
It's funny because in retrospect, the 10th Doctor openers weren't particularly good. Not that they were bad, but just fairly average episodes. I doubt there's many people with any of these on their favourite episode list.
1 month ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime
Nice deflection. Ramping up the ambiguity. Like, people are going to assume this means Clara could be leaving at the end of the series, but this could just be a throw off and she ends up returning for series 9. I'd be surprised that Jenna is so currently involved with the series when she's finished with it. Ah well, we'll see in 12 weeks!
@Mark McCullough @troughton who? Thank you! That makes sense. I didn't realise it was an averaget apologise (I feel kind of stupid because I just noticed it's written directly above the ratings section... umm)
1 month ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones
@BigDaddyAW19 I don't think that's been confirmed, though.
1 month ago on Into The Dalek BBC Synopsis
@Exalos I just assumed it was River... until Clara didn't recognise her in Name...
1 month ago on Details on Series 8’s First Four Episodes
I love these articles, they're extremely well written, but I find the ratings to be quite confusing. 9.2/10?
The premise of ...Sherwood wasn't one I initially liked, but reading that quote and synopsis... I can hear Capaldi saying that. I'm looking forward to it now.
@The 4th Doctor @Americanwhovian The Fans wanted "The Eleven Doctors". We got "The Day of the Doctor". Which would've been better?
1 month ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
Don't forget Anthony Ainley!
@Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd Adric?
@BradleyWelling Usually they compensated for it by having minimal-Doctor/Companion episodes (Love & Monsters, Blink, Midnight/Turn Left, The Girl Who Waited/Closing Time, and I guess The Crimson Horror?) in order to squeeze in the tight schedule (Series 1 and Series 5 had larger schedules therefore did not require these). For some reason they may not have opted for this (tighter filming squeeze perhaps?).
1 month ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed
@SeynabouMorganNdione @sontaran17 I don't think it helps she only got a half series, as well as being a "mystery" for most of it.
1 month ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?
@The Living Angel @supermoff @TardisBoy "An Earthly Child" - Eighth Doctor, Big Finish productions.
@supermoff There's always rumours like this though. Rumours Capaldi would leave at the end of series 8. The Sun reported that Matt would leave at the end of Series 5, at the end of Series 6, then at the end of Series 7, then at christmas 2013 - then when Matt announced he was leaving, they got all smug as if they'd got it correct.
Great article, hope you continue after series 8 comes out. Out of curiosity why do people give so many 10/10s? I'm really finicky, I only give 10/10 to episodes I think are flawless. I haven't given a perfect 10/10 since series 6. Name, Day and Time get an 8, 9 and 9 respectively.
1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy
Do whatever you want Mr. Capaldi. I don't want you to leave, but if you want to go by no means feel pressured by anyone to stay.
1 month, 1 week ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return
@Stradiwhovius Moffat's had Daleks less often than RTD (in cameo appearances yes, but only two where they're the main villain as opposed to 5 for Tennant.
1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
@theballaam96 @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @supermoff The only problem is that the fandom are largely self indulgent. If it was down to the fandom, we would've had a three hour long 50th special starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Tom Baker, with Sean Pertwee, David Troughton andDavid Bradley playing the first three, along with appearances from Rose Tyler, the Meta-Crisis Doctor, Martha, Captain Jack, River Song, Amy, Rory, Donna, Mickey, Susan Foreman, Barbara and Ian, Sarah Jane, Jo Grant, Jamie, Zoe, Romana, K9 Mark I, Leela, Tegen, Adric, Nyssa, Turlough, K9 Mark II, Ace... whilst the villains would've been a united team of Daleks, Cybermen, Zygons, Weeping Angels, Slitheen, Vashta Nerada, Abzorbaloffs, Krotons, Menoptera, Ice Warriors, led by a coalition of Davros, the Master, the Rani, Omega, Morbius, and Michael Grade. It would be immensely fan pleasing, but it would've been terrible. I'd take subtle storytelling over that any day. It would be cool to have the Master back - but it's not the best in terms of storytelling.
@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @ClaireAbraham @troughton who? @TheElusiveWhovian but Doctor Who had never been retired in a dignified manner - it didn't end on a satisfactory note, it was cancelled. There were new stories to tell. In the Master's case, he finally realised the origin of his insanity, he made peace with the Doctor at last, and attacked the people responsible. In my eyes, that redeemed him to an extent. Bringing him back would destroy that, and it would require him to discard the peace he made with the Doctor, suddenly turning into a Machiavellian villain again.
@TheCapaldiMasterplan Why do you want subtle? The Doctor's face has never been subtle, bar Matt's.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence
@theballaam96 But why? The Master overcame his ways, and made peace with the Doctor. Why's he suddenly going to turn evil again? 4 the lulz?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back
@TheElusiveWhovian And in my opinion, that's what's wrong with sci-fi - it never knows when to retire a villain in a dignified manner.
This is what I've though all along. I really think the Master's story has been told, and bringing him back would ruin the great ending we had - the Master had finally made peace with the Doctor. People want to bring him back because he's a "traditional" villain, like Davro, but I honestly think those villains would be more effective if they were never, ever brought back. Invent a new arch-nemesis of the Doctor's, please. I don't care about tradition.
I'm almost certain Capaldi will at least follow the "Troughton Rule" (3 complete seasons/series). What do I hope? He'll do about 5. What do I dream? He'll do eight whole series and beat Tom Baker's record (to be fair, I wish that of every Doctor).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?
@TheLostDoctor Get rid of the gags, keep the wit. You don't have to strip away humour to make something dark. You can have dark films with humour - ever heard of black comedies?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips
@TheIdleIdol Tom only refused to do the 20th because he'd left the show only 2 years before. He did do the 30th (if you can actually consider it an anniversary...)!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on No 10th Anniversary Special For New Who?
That being said, why don't we have a special to mark the 20th anniversary of the TV movie?